Submit Recycled Art

Recycled Art ContestAn artistic sculpture of a man's upper torso made entirely from recyclable materials

Submit your recycled art for the 25th Annual Recycled Art Contest. This contest promotes environmental awareness among students while encouraging artistic and creative thinking.


The contest is open to all Montgomery County students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. Recycled artwork must be designed and built by students, with a focus on the use of recyclable materials that have been reclaimed or reused. Participants must register to participate in the Recycled Art Contest.

Recycled Art may be created by:

  • Individuals
  • Teams of two to four students

School Category & Divisions

Each school's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each division will be invited to participate in the County-wide contest.

IndividualTeam Division
Grades Kindergarten through 12thGrades Kindergarten through 12th
Grades 3rd through 5thGrades 3rd through 5th
Grades 6th through 8thGrades 6th through 8th
Grades 9th through 12thGrades 9th through 12th
Special Need Jr. (Kindergarten through 6th Grade)Special Need Jr. (Kindergarten through 6th Grade)
Special Need Jr. (7th through 12th Grade)Special Need Jr. (7th through 12th Grade)

How Recycled Art Will Be Judged

  • The number of recyclable materials used (i.e., wood, paper, plastic, metals).
  • Glass is not permitted.
  • Percent of artwork made from recycled materials
  • Originality (Recycled Artwork can be realistic or abstract)
  • Design and artistic impact (wow factor)
  • The complexity of recycled artwork

Recycled Art Guidelines

  • Recycled Art cannot exceed 3 feet (wide), by 3 feet (long), by 4 feet (tall).
  • One entry per student or team.
  • Entries exceeding these limits will be disqualified. All materials to be counted in the judging must be visible on the recycled art.

2022 Timeline

Registration Deadline

Friday, April 8, 2022: Schools must register to participate in the Recycled Art Contest.

What to Include When Registering Your School

  • School name
  • Your name
  • School Address with zip code
  • Telephone number, and email address

Where to Mail To

Montgomery County Solid Waste District
Attn: Recycled Art Contest Coordinator-Lorelei Hagans-Floyd
2550 Sandridge Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45439

Phone: 937-781-3065
Fax: 937-496-3363

Important Dates: April 18 to 22, 2022

  • Choose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place school winners.
  • Complete the School Winners Form and fax the winner's names to 937-496-3363 or email Lorelei Hagans.
  • Include the total number of school participants.
  • Sign-up your school recycled art winners for a drop-off date and time.

Recycled Art Drop-Off Dates

  • Wednesday, April 27th from Noon to 5 pm
  • Thursday, April 28th from 9 to 11:30 am


  1. School-level winning recycled art
  2. School participant list or report the number of school participants
  3. Complete Recycled Art Entry Card(s)

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
2600 Deweese Parkway
Dayton, OH 45414

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Attend the awards ceremony on April 30th. Doors open at 9:30 am ceremony starts at 10 am.

Please remove recycled art after the award ceremony. Montgomery County Environmental Science (MCES) will not be responsible for recycled art left at the conclusion of the ceremony.

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